Saturday, 4 February 2012
A small amount of action offshore due to the cold snap with 239 Wigeon, 187 Brents, 84 Pintail, 35 Teal, 18 Dunlin, 11 Shelduck, 3 Tufteds & a Red-throated Diver all heading south. A Shag perched on the wooden jetty on the point was the first for the year & 2 Long-tailed Tits were the first seen since last autumn. Also noted were 2 Sanderling near the point & at least 1 Woodcock on site.
Posted by LBO at 12:00
Friday, 3 February 2012
Sub-zero with glorious sunshine. Golden Plover & Lapwing on the reserve, Rock Pipit on the point & Woodcock around the obs compound. Offshore 5 Knot south was the only sighting worth a mention. For those of you who like your Med Gulls one of the 6 in the view point car park has almost got a full hood.
Posted by LBO at 12:21
Thursday, 2 February 2012
The cold wind doth blow & we shall have next to nothing ! 3 Sanderling on the shore along the riverbank & a Lapwing on the reserve were the highlights of a walk around the site. Plenty of gulls in the harbour following shipping with a few Cormorants venturing out to sea to feed were the only things noted in 40 minutes starring out into a distinctly wintry abyss. A Robin found freshly dead will be a casualty of the cold with the ground as hard as a bullet at the moment.
Posted by LBO at 11:19
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
After yesterdays increase in activity and a cold, biting ENE wind a bit of action was predicted for this morning. But what do we know ? Very poor offshore with a paltry 4 Brents & a Shelduck south plus 3 Red-throated Divers & a Curlew north in a couple of hours observation. Kept warm by yet more pond clearance work. 10 Snow Bunts in ye old aggregate yard the only other record of note with no one brave (or mad) enough to suggest a walk round the point ! Finally a Woodcock was flushed whilst leaving the compound mid-day and seen again along the icky ridge early pm.
Posted by LBO at 11:23
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
It must be getting a tad chilly somewhere as cold weather movements brought 299 Teal, 248 Brents (inc a leucistic bird), 80 Wigeon, 49 Shelduck, 21 Gadwal, 15 Pintail, 5 Mallard, 3 Tufteds, single Goldeneye, Redshank & Red-throated Diver south from 0810 to 1000hrs (followed by a couple of hours pond clearance work) then another 45 Teal, 14 Brents, 8 Golden Plover, single Shelduck & a fine first-winter Little Gull feeding just offshore in another 20 mins observations mid-day. 2 Lapwing also came in off with another calling on the reserve. Maybe it's going to get cold enough on the continent to freeze some more birds over to us in the coming days.
Posted by LBO at 12:26